The musicians have performed tango all over the world alongside well-known tangueros such as Victor Hugo Villena, JosĂ© ColĂˇngelo, Daniel Melingo and Juan JosĂ© Mosalini.
The orchestra performs music from a rich repertoire of tango old and new, sharing its love of tango music and promoting Argentine culture in the UK through concert-dances (milongas).
Alongside classic tunes by Troilo, Pugliese, Di Sarli and Dâ€™Arienzo the event will feature tango dancers Rene Hellemons and Hiba Faisal from Tango Fever.
Before the concert there will be a free workshop, where everyone can learn the essence of tango with a workshop by Tango Fever, focusing on musicality and a clear understanding of the concepts of leading and following. This relaxed and friendly workshop will be active, social and teach anyone who wants to, to tango!
Caroline Pearsall, the Founder of The London Tango Orchestra â€śDance to the classic tunes including those by Troilo, Pugliese, Di Sarli, Dâ€™Arienzo, and a host of others. Or sit back and relax listening to the melancholia of Piazzolla. We promise an experience filled with passion and drama!â€ť
Tickets are available online from http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/the-london-tango-orchestra-89124
About the Performers
London Tango Orchestra
The London Tango Orchestra is the largest tango group in the country, uniting leading UK tango musicians with players from Argentina. The orchestra was founded in 2009 by Caroline Pearsall and is first of its kind in the UK. The orchestra performs music from the rich repertoire of tango, old and new, sharing its love of tango music, and promoting Argentine culture in the UK through concerts, dances (milongas), workshops and cultural exchanges with tango musicians from Europe and Argentina.
Their performances so far include El Once Tango Club, Tango Federico, St James Church in Piccadilly, Ignite Concert Series at the Royal Albert Hall, the City of London Festival, Union Chapel, Chelsea Arts Club, Reading Tango Festival and the Halle tango festival in Germany. They were part of a tango documentary filmed by the BBC last year and several members recently appeared on the ITV series Mr Selfridge II.
Their first album of tangos Primeros Pasos came out in September 2014 and is an independent release.
Working mainly in tango, popular and contemporary music, Caroline has toured throughout Europe, in Australia, Argentina, North Africa and the Middle East. She has played on Radio France, Classic FM, BBC TV, ITV, Channel 4, and in many festivals such as the Nice Jazz Festival, Oslo World Music Festival, Buenos Aires Tango Festival, City of London Festivalâ€¦ In 2011 she finished an MMus from Royal Holloway University of London in ethnomusicology. She recently won a Winston Churchill Fellowship to go to Buenos Aires for two months to work on a book about the history of tango violin. Caroline is sponsored by Larsen Strings.
RenĂ© Hellemons & Hiba Faisal have been working together since 2008 when they established Tango-Fever in London. They bring together their individual backgrounds in Ballroom & Latin dances followed by many years of Argentine Tango learning with some of the most renowned and influential Argentine Tango teachers in Argentina as well as in Europe. Since forming their tango partnership they have taught and performed all over the world including the DNI tango school in Buenos Aires.Tango-Fever is a professional member of Foundation for Community Dance in the UK.
About Equator Festival
EQUATOR brings top-quality international artists to London, Kent, France and beyond - performing music, dance and theatre from Africa, Latin America, India, China, along with the best UK-based performers. Set up in 2007 as the promotional arm of ShivaNova, one of the West's leading cross-cultural music ensembles, EQUATOR now includes world music and dance, jazz and classical music, English folk, choral and music competitions, with workshops and performances for young people and adults. It is the largest world music arts company based in Kent and works with schools to deliver music and dance workshops in different world cultures.